Thanks to volunteers

On Nov. 4, the Ashland Food Project asked for volunteers to help canvass our community for new donors. Boy, did Ashland respond!

We had at least 60 individuals who showed up to spread the word about a simple way to help our neighbors. 40 volunteers went out and knocked on doors and another 20 manned tables across town. The weather had changed from the previous warm weekend to a more-typical fall day in the 30s and 40s, but that did not deter these enthusiastic volunteers. Fortunately, the Presbyterian church allowed us to use their building to organize in and to share donuts and donated coffee from The Human Bean.

The result? At least 250 new Ashland food donors. Assuming each donor contributes 10 pounds of food six times a year or 2,500 pounds, that’s over 2,000 meals for those in need.

Wow! We are so grateful to all who participated, and welcome to all our new donors. Thank you all.

Brad Galusha

Ashland Food Project Steering Committee

Voices of sanity

Around the nation and the world, there are those who stand as voices of sanity in finding solutions to global warming. Among these are nine states of our Northeastern Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative and California, plus Canada and Canadian provinces, all of whom have taken steps to limit climate pollution through either placing a cap or a fee on emissions. Every member of the United Nations has signed the Paris Agreement to limit global warming. This included the U.S. until Trump promised to withdraw.

Across the globe, already 40 nations and 25 sub-national jurisdictions price climate pollution, collectively amounting to 25 percent of global emissions.

We don’t know when the critical tipping point for emissions will arrive, beyond which runaway chain reactions start and recovery becomes impossible, but we know it’s approaching. We need all hands on deck now. The Oregon Legislature can do its part by passing the Clean Energy Jobs Bill in 2018.

Ken Deveney

Ashland